- KorikanchaPlazoleta de Santo Domingo, Cuzco Perurecommended KorikanchaThe Spanish reused much of the Incan stonework in the building of their own churches and buildings. You can take a look at the spectacular foundations of the older Incan temples, that were repurposed ... read moreby the Spanish in the cathedral and the convent of Santo Domingo.Daniel Mason-D'Croz
The re-purposed Incan stonework is very impressive. Hard to imagine the feats of engineering required to move and shape all that stone
- Museo InkaAtaud, Cuzco, Perurecommended Museo InkaGreat museum dedicated to the Incas. Lots of amazing pieces ranging from fine jewlery and metalwork to lovely pottery and textiles. It is an absolute must see if you are interested in the IncasDaniel Mason-D'Croz
Good place to get a crash course on Incan history
recommended PisacOne of the many Incan ruins in the Sacred Valley. You can see the clear remains of the impressive terraces that allowed for the ingenous Incan Agriculture system that took advantage of the mountains ... read moreto create different microclimates thanks to changing altitude. Pisac also has a fairly well known market that sells artisanal crafts several times a weekDaniel Mason-D'Croz
While you are in Cusco make sure you tour the other great Incan ruins nearby
recommended CuscoThe ancient Incan capital city of Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) is the start of your journey to Machu Picchu by train. But it's also worth spending at least a day exploring in its own right for its ... read moremuseums, historical sites, central plaza, music, food, markets and nightlife. Most people need at least a day to acclimate to the high altitude here before trekking to Machu Picchu, unless you've previously just been hanging out at Lake Titicaca, which is also at serious elevation.Sara Benson
Definitely give yourself a day or two to acclimatize to the elevation once you get here.
recommended Huayna PicchuThe challenging climb of Wayna/Huayna Picchu (the huge steep mountain that is always shown in the background of Machu Picchu) rewards you with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding ... read moreAndes. There is limited number of numbered tickets (free) to Wayna Picchu that are distributed starting at 6 am at the entrance to Machu Picchu. We stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge right there, so all we had to do is wake up before 6 am and get in line. People who came from Aguas Calientes had to walk up the steep mountain in the dark for quite a while in order to get to the entrance in time to get a ticket to the Wayna Picchu. Beware that the climb to Huayna/Wayna Picchu is very demanding – extremely steep, plus the high altitude makes it even more difficult. You’ll know that it was worth every breath once you make it to the top!
recommended Machu PicchuMachu Picchu was much more impressive than I expected. It was even more fascinating than in all pictures that I have seen. I can't think of any other place from my travels that was so striking and ... read moremagnificent. We were there in May. It was a good time to be there. The best bet to beat the crowds is to stay at least for one night at the Sanctuary Lodge (it’s expensive but well worth it) – you can enter the grounds before everybody gets there and you can stay there late watching the sunset when everybody leaves.
- The Sacred Valley of the IncasSacred Valley of the Incas, Cuzco Perurecommended The Sacred Valley of the IncasBesides Machu Picchu, the other ruins in Cusco and Sacred Valley are amazing; the views all around are beautiful; the landscape is very diverse and colorful; the mountains are very impressive; the ... read morecloud forest has incredibly green and lush vegetation... It is such a beautiful country! Color, color, color is everywhere: in the amazing textiles they create, in the clothing that they wear, in the abundant variety of fruits and vegetables, in the brightly colored buildings, in the quilt-like fields and terraces where they grow endless variety of potatoes, corn and grain...